Bilingual storytime resources

Bilingual storytime is one of my favorite storytimes, and today I’d like to share some of the resources I use to find books, songs, rhymes, activities, apps, and more! You can also explore all my bilingual storytimes.


Books and more: resources for all things bilingual storytime

Es divertido hablar dos idiomas. I first heard Katie give a presentation on bilingual storytime at ALA Annual a few years ago, and immediately began mining her blog for content. She has an enormous backlog of program plans, along with all sorts of other great resources.

Libro por Libro. This column from School Library Journal offers great book selections.

REFORMA. The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking doesn’t have the best/most up-to-date website, but it is still worth poking around.

Pura Belpré Award winners. 

Colorín Colorado

Some of my go-to authors/illustrators (for all those times when my fabulous planning ahead maybe doesn’t happen…)
Susan Middleton Elya
Carmen Tafolla
Roseanne Greenfield Thong
Duncan Tonatiuh
Monica Brown
Pat Mora

Even more….
Jose Luis Orozco
Jorge Anaya/Whistlefritz

Songs and Rhymes
¡Pío Peep!: Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes by Alma Flor Ada
Tortillitas Para Mama by Margot C. Griego

I like using a mix of new rhymes and songs along with traditional rhymes that originated in Spanish. Traditional rhymes mean that maybe the parents (or kids!) already know them, and then they both feel more connected and welcome and it reenforces the idea that early literacy can be done in Spanish.

Early Literacy Materials
Earlier is Easier

App picks from Carissa

Other blogs:
Bilingual Storytime
Miss Mary Liberry

These are some of the resources I use the most, but I am always looking for more, especially for fun traditional rhymes and songs and great new books. Do you use another resource that I’ve missed? Leave it in the comments, or let me know and I’ll keep this list up-to-date!

2 thoughts on “Bilingual storytime resources

  1. Thanks for the great links (including your storytimes)! Most helpful! I was inspired to do fun bilingual Spanish storytimes by La Cuentista Lista (Kay Weeden) who would use Sapnish and English interchangeably in her storytelling. I worked with our elementary school Spanish teachers to work this into storytime and it worked great for this monolinguist!


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